Stormy weather and rough seas, human activity by means of boat traffic, as well as people and dogs on beaches can sometimes frighten away nursing mothers and inadvertently lead to seals and their pups being injured or orphaned.
Rescue Seal Ireland advances education and benefits the community through the establishment and operation of a wildlife rescue and rehabilitation centre in order to promote and provide for the welfare and of seals and all wildlife and to bring to an end unnecessary suffering among all seals and wildlife
Projects in 2018
Rescue. Orphaned, sick and injured Common and Grey seal pups are rescued from around the whole coast of the Republic of Ireland. We rely on members of the public who come across pups in distress and our amazing team of coast wide Rescue Volunteer Network to bring rescue and transport the pups to our centre for care.
Rehabiliate. Pups are brought straight to the centre, sometimes after travelling long distances. Once admitted into the hospital we record all important details about the pup from who rescued it, to where it is from, any injuries and illness, and weigh the pup. We calculate the amount of food to give the pup and begin by hydrating it as it may have been days since it was fed by its mother. We clean, treat and bandage any wounds or injuries and check temperature regularly. Antibiotics, worming treatments and any other medicines are prescribed immediately on arrival after initial assessment.
Release. Once the pups have reached their target weights and are fit and healthy we release them back into the wild (25-30kg for commons and 35-40kg for greys). When possible we try to release the pups as close to where they were originally found, though sometimes this is not possible. We encourage the rescuers, adoptees and the general public to come along to the release of the seals - a rewarding and beautiful experience!